Regional Dances

This is information we have about contra and English dances within a generous radius of Syracuse. We only update this page occasionally. Before traveling, please call or email to confirm that the time and place are still correct!

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First and third Saturdays at 8 pm — see the Old Songs web page for location and contacts.

Contras on second Saturdays at 7 pm at Trinity Memorial Church (44 Main St) — Ross Geoghegan at 607-798-0787.

English Dancing: periodic series of 8 classes on Wednesday evenings at Christ Church (10 Henry St) — Lee Shepherd. Beginners welcome at the start of each series.

First and third Saturdays at 8 pm at the Unitarian-Universalist Church (695 Elmwood Ave) — Queen City Country Dancers.

First Fridays at the Presbyterian Church (25 Church St) — Paula Sterling at 607-965-8232.

First Fridays at 7:45 pm at the Fredonia Grange (58 W Main St) — Kathy Fox at 716-672-2716.

Ithaca: Tompkins County Country Dancers
Fridays at 8 pm at Slow Lane, the home of Ted Crane and Pamela Goddard.

Occasional Sunday English Dances and potlucks.

Also Mondays (mid June through mid September) at 7:30 pm at the Ithaca Commons Main Pavilion (Ithaca Commons) — Ted or Pamela at 607-273-8678.

Ithaca: Hands Four Dancers
Occasional special dances.

Ithaca: Cornell Contra Dance Club
Occasional dances on Saturday nights during the academic year that are open to the public. Locations include Willard Straight, RPCC, and Appel. Facebook group.

Third Sundays from 4-7 pm at the Countryside Community Center: (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd.) — Stu Johnson at 607-687-4034 or Dean Thelen at 607-654-3185.


Lisa Brown, the current president of the organization, can answer general questions.

Contra dances every Thursday at 8 pm at the Covenant Methodist Church (Culver & Parsells). Contact Marcia Locke with questions about Rochester contra dances.

English dances on most Sundays from 6:30-9:30 pm at the First Baptist Church of Rochester (175 Allens Creek Rd). Contact Leslie Phillips with questions about Rochester English country dances.

Saratoga Springs
Home of the annual Dance Flurry every February.

That’s us! Here’s our schedule of contra and English dancing. We dance 1st and 3rd weekends on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Most of our events are at the United Church of Fayetteville — David or Bob at 315-415-1699.

Still in search of contra dances?  Try the listing for New York State in Ted Crane’s amazing Dance Database.